Applied Kinesiology Explained

Over and over again I hear it. And over and over again I dispute it!

Applied Kinesiology is NOT quackery. Applied Kinesiology is in fact here to stay and is an important component of alternative medicine.

As a naturopath committed to natural remedies, I am constantly aware of the unsavoury attacks and the criticisms labelled at the alternative medicine profession by many a mainstream practitioner and the scientific and allopathic medicine communities.

And in short, it breaks my heart!

History of Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology was started in America many years ago by George Joseph Goodheart Jr. And while many sceptics and scientists try to discredit this modality, the reality continues. It is a form of natural health that is respected, favoured and adhered to by many in the alternative health community.

What many people do not realise is that the founder of this technique was a fascinating and innovative character – a war hero and an inventor who excelled in numerous fields and made a significant mark wherever he went.

By the age of 26, Goodheart was in fact “a major in the United States Army Air Force during WW2. He was also awarded the Bronze Star for inventing a state of the art bombing release mechanism for use in ground attacks.”[1]

Goodheart also appears on the online registry of Olympic Games Chiropractors. Why? Because he was the first ever official chiropractor to work with the US Olympic Team in 1979-1980 at the X111th Olympic Winter Games. Crankster? Weirdo?

I don’t think so.

A Balanced Appraisal

So often when you read about alternative health in the mainstream media, you hear about the disaster stories and the worst case scenarios. But the equivalent kinds of incidents and cases also occur within traditional modes of medicine, within TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), within all kinds of professions and industries even beyond the health care realm.

According to Applied Kinesiology: a Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles and Practices, muscle testing as a diagnostic technique is the key component of Applied Kinesiology.[2] So, diagnosis stands at the centre of Goodheart’s approach.

The treatments used in Applied Kinesiology hail from a wide variety of healing areas. And while some accuse Goodheart of quackery in relation to this, others with a more open view of healing see it as an original and eclectic and needs driven response to the patient and his or her wellbeing and improvement.


As a practitioner of naturopathy I am fully supportive of Applied Kinesiology and the kinds of original and eclectic ideas put forward by George Goodheart Jr.

Trailblazers are frequently maligned by those who would prefer to adhere to the status quo and the traditional. There is so much to learn and to consider with Applied Kinesiology and there are so many fantastic benefits to be gained and experienced from being open to new modes of healing, natural health and natural products.

Take care and have a great day.

And above all, stay open.